вторник, 27 сентября 2016 г.

The Strategic View - Business Crime 2016 | Ukraine

Volodymyr Bogatyr examines Ukraine’s police and prosecution office reform, 
investigation challenges and political interest in Ukrainian law 
and the Ukrainian legal framework

1. What trends, in terms of activity or focus, have you seen in the prosecution of business crimes in your jurisdiction in the last 12 months?
Business crimes in Ukraine are regulated by section 7 of the criminal code, articles 199–235.  It should also be noted that not so long ago Ukraine passed the law on decriminalisation of economic crime, which envisages the imposition of sanctions in the form of a fine for committing a number of economic crimes, instead of the sentence of imprisonment.  In case of failure to pay the fine within the time limit set by a court decision, it may be replaced by a court with another penalty.
This law also cancelled criminal responsibility for certain acts in the sphere of economic activity, and translates these actions into plain administrative offences, so that they are no longer classified as criminal offences.  Therefore, the following actions are no longer classified as criminal offences: violations of the order classes of economic activities and the activities of financial services; engaging in forbidden types of economic activities; illegal opening or use of foreign currency accounts outside Ukraine; fictitious bankruptcy; deception of buyers and customers; illegal actions regarding privatisation issues; and introducing into circulation, or selling, products that do not meet the required standards.
The number of murders and kidnappings has increased in Ukraine during the recent period.  We most often represent the interests of injured parties and our practice is closely linked to the representation of victims.  We must mention the observance of the increase in the number of unlawful seizures of enterprises and frauds with respect to both domestic and foreign investors.  This is facilitated by an imperfect judicial system according to the ratings and an increase in the uncontrolled proliferation of weapons, provoked by military actions in eastern Ukraine.  Many demobilised fighters are returning to their homes from the ATO zone with illegal weapons in their hands, which are then resold at inflated prices, and this impacts the general increase in all crime rates in Ukraine.  Since the beginning of the conflict in ATO, Ukraine has lost around 240 million dollars from business crimes in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
Unfortunately, due to the recent unsuccessful police and prosecution office reform, crime is only logged (recorded), but not followed by any investigation.  This in fact leaves us, as lawyers, to personally conduct the investigation, acting for the victims of fraud and other crimes.  Frankly speaking, we have become accustomed to this mode of operation and we ensure that we provide a wide array of information for the investigation by making requests and providing evidence collected.  It is often said that lawyers have to support prosecution while representing victims in the courts, essentially replacing the prosecution, because of the insufficient level of skill provided by the prosecutor office.
We also have to represent the interests of our fellow lawyers, as currently mass searches in the offices of lawyers are being conducted, which violate the basic principles of advocacy.  Unfortunately, increased pressure is being put on businesses by law enforcement officers who continue to perform the orders of individuals in business circles close to the president and the other power structures.
In this regard, we expect that many Ukrainian businesspersons will be forced to leave Ukraine and seek political asylum in other countries.
As before, the most effective way of defending a client's interests is through the courts despite the fact that selective justice is part of Ukrainian reality.  We have to challenge a big enough volume of proceedings made by investigators directly in the examining court.
2. Are enforcement agencies particularly focused on any specific industries or crimes?
Unfortunately, at this time, law enforcement officers rarely investigate business crimes such as a fraud and embezzlement because they are focused on other crimes related to killings and injuries.
We also consider the data collected by researchers in the Global Economic Crime Survey 2016concerning Ukraine, which is included in the list of top 15 countries who believe their local law enforcement agencies are not adequately resourced to combat economic crime.  Ukraine is positioned 7th with 57% of respondents agreeing to this statement.
Crimes committed in most cases are classified as following: misappropriation of assets; bribery and corruption; manipulation of financial reporting; unfair competition; cybercrime; violation of intellectual property rights; tax fraud; insider trading; and money laundering.  
3. Are enforcement agencies more or less focused on pursuing cases against corporations or individuals?
Usually this occurs in spite of political interest; cases where businesses are being put under pressure by law enforcers are not singular.  Sometimes law enforcement officials act out their competency, especially regarding the tax police.  This issue is closely related to crony capitalism in Ukraine.  According to the daily chart of “The Economist”, billionaire wealth as a % of GDP has the index of 7.8 in Ukraine and crony-sector wealth makes up 6.7 of this number.
It should be mentioned separately that violations made by the newly established bodies in the form of NABU (National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine) led to unlawful interference with the advocacy.  These events, during the last half of the year, concerned the advocates and made them talk about numerous instances of abuse of procedural rights by law enforcement authorities.  Such practice roughly violates client-attorney privilege and international standards and guarantees of advocacy.
Such practice can be opposed by examining documents and storing them in different jurisdictions.  
4. Does the legal framework concerning the prosecution of business crimes allow for extraterritorial enforcement? Are such matters being pursued?
We are currently investigating crimes associated with the misappropriation of funds from Ukrainian banks to companies in the Baltic region, Cyprus, the US and the UK.  We successfully cooperate with agencies such as MOKAS (Unit for Combating Money Laundering), FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation), SOCA (Serious Organised Crime Agency), SFO (Serious Fraud Office), Prosecutor’s Offices and others.  Furthermore, we use mechanisms such as worldwide freezing and piercing the corporate veil, discovery orders and other type of injunctions.  Moreover, we find ways to investigate crimes related to attempted murder, working with the jurisdictions to which there is no mutual legal assistance agreement such as with the US or Lichtenstein.  The main difference with practices outside Ukraine is the possibility of using court cases for trials of civil and criminal fraud which is different to Ukrainian system where fraud can be only criminal.
5. What judicial or legislative developments have impacted the prosecution of business crimes in your jurisdiction in the last 12 months? Are there any significant proposals for reform of the legal framework that governs business crimes in your jurisdiction?
Among the reforms, the introduction of the institute of special confiscation and conviction in absentia should be noted.  The introduction of such measures requires a special regime of judicial investigation in cases where such confiscation is provided for third parties, which are not the subject of crime.  Therefore, we believe this violates the basic principles of the European Convention on Human Rights.
Unfortunately, reforms held during the last five to seven years have not been able to contribute to objective investigation of cases and to determine before prosecution and investigation the real problem, such as the feasibility of the investigation, satisfaction to compensate for the damage and return the lost funds or assets, as well as crime prevention.
The judicial system still bears signs of a repressive nature.  In most cases of crime, the prosecution asks to keep the suspect in custody for the duration of the investigation and the release bail, especially in political affairs, is often motivated to be incommensurable compared to the position of the person and the criminal investigation on the assumption that he has committed the crime.  It should be noted that the law enforcement authorities often make public statements accusing those or other persons without waiting for a judicial investigation.  Such practice, in our opinion, contradicts the European practice that respects the presumption of innocence.
According to the Corruption Perceptions Index of 2015, Ukraine is placed at the 130th position with a score of 27.  Furthermore, the data collected by the World Justice Project Research in 2014, which places Ukraine just before China with an index 0.45 regarding the protection of fundamental rights, speaks for itself.  Additional surveys suggest that corruption practices are still widespread in Ukraine.  This sad statistic evidences the difficult conditions in which Ukrainian advocates have to work in defending clients' rights and upholding the rule of law.
Recently, when Arseniy Yatsenyuk was Prime Minister, he shared his opinion on who should investigate business crimes in Ukraine, he noted the need for allocation of jurisdiction between law enforcement agencies, in particular the transfer of the investigation of economic crime to a separate single body by creating economic police, which would take over functions from the national police.
6. How common is it for enforcement agencies in your jurisdiction to exchange information and cooperate internationally with other agencies? What are the consequences of cross-border cooperation on prosecutions of entities and individuals in your jurisdiction?
Since the beginning of the conflict, Ukraine and Russia virtually stopped cooperation and the exchange of information.  It is very important to note in connection with the fact that the economic, family and partnership relations between the citizens of both countries never ceased and unfortunately, the criminals frequently use this.
It should also be noted that the European law enforcement offices find it hard to request information directly from Ukrainian law enforcers due to their reluctance to cooperate and, as I have often had to hear from the heads of law enforcement agencies from different European countries and international organisations, there is need to verify the information coming from the Ukrainian side.
Mainly the requests coming from Ukraine lack objectivity and Ukrainian law enforcement agencies do not always comply with the formalities for the execution of requests for mutual legal assistance.  The circumstances of the request are generally not clearly set out and do not match the information sought.
Sometimes the requested information has no relevant connections with the case materials.  This is further complicated by the lack of foreign language speaking law enforcers and their knowledge of such processes.
Ukraine withdrew from the CIS agreement on the exchange of information in the fight against crime in 2015 for political reasons.  The Commonwealth of Independent countries consists of nine full members and two associate states and all of them have significant ties between each other.  As mentioned previously, often there are cases that criminals operate on the territory of multiple CIS states and such decision of the government created an obstruction for cooperation between law enforcement agencies.
On the other hand, in 2015, in the process of implementation of the visa liberalisation action plan with the European Union, Ukraine received access to INTERPOL databases.  Such connection to INTERPOL databases means that Ukraine has now become part of a single Criminal Information System.  The benefit of this includes the ability to take part in fighting cross-border crimes and fighting terrorism, money laundering, corruption, arms trade, and human trafficking.  There is hope that our law enforcement officers will use the opportunity to exchange information with other police forces around the world with regards to international criminal networks in addition to the ability to extradite wanted Ukrainians from any other country in the world.
7. What unique challenges do entities or individuals face when enforcement agencies in your jurisdiction initiate an investigation?
At the moment the main challenge is the lack of investigation.  It is hard to say more on this matter.  Of course, the professional level of the staff is much lower than in previous years.  Fictional reform in police and prosecutors’ offices had cut out many professionals from law enforcement agencies.  At present, current staff of the above-mentioned offices consists of university graduates who underwent intensive training courses during the reform.  Such courses were carried out in haste and this has directly affected the level of professionalism of the new staff.  It should also be added that the lack of professional experience of the staff plays a huge role in the process of investigation.
In our experience, we can say that senior management tend to conduct business crimes more often than regular employees, and in most cases this is ignored by the law enforcement officers, even when it is well known to the public.  However, this is only apparent in those cases where political interest is absent.  One of the challenges of modern investigation is that the current government stimulates an investigation if there is any political benefit such as the elimination of political opponents or of their financial supporters or creating a positive image of the current government, by creating fictional trials and investigations that create an image of successful reform activity for the population.  Ukraine still has more than half of its economy in the black market, which makes individuals and companies operating in such a way unable to report business crimes or try to satisfy their claims by the rule of law as it would lead to their schemes being uncovered.  Also, although the trust of the public to law enforcement offices such as the national police has generally increased since the reform, this trend is not supported regarding courts, especially the supreme economic court of Ukraine, where most of the judges were not affected by the reform.  Although recently judges were subject to investigations and some were indicted, no real proceedings were held against them. 
Comparing the government statistics from previous years, the rate of business crime has been decreasing; however, it is hard to agree on this matter.  The number of clients seeking advocates services on business crime matters is increasing.  We increasingly have to advise not only Ukrainian clients, but international clients as well, due to the specific character of Ukrainian law and law enforcement officers, as well as the judicial system.
I also want to stress attention on the low level of the judicial system in Ukraine.  It should be noted that Ukraine still suffers from a corrupted judicial system, where decisions are based on kick-backs and the protection of interests of oligarchs and individuals close to leading politicians.
8. Do enforcement agencies in your jurisdiction provide incentives for individuals or entities to self-report a business crime or otherwise provide assistance to the government? If so, what factors should individuals or entities consider when assessing whether to self-report a business crime or cooperate with a government investigation?
We provide clients with the procedure of compliance according to the FCPA and Bribery Act in cases connected to the UK and the US.  It should also be noted that our clients ask us to provide investigation of possible criminal risks in the case of acquisition of a company's assets or entry into any transaction.  We also conduct an internal investigation, which allows us to identify potential crime risks inside the company.  We have experience in representing companies in the case of crimes as victims of actions from both top management and individual employees.
Law enforcement officers in Ukraine do not stimulate such activity due to their conservatism but, in our opinion, it would be beneficial for crime prevention.
However, we should mention that the practice of denunciations is increasing, although currently there is no official point of view from the government on such practice.  There are, however, signs of such practice between rival companies, individuals and interested parties and activists. 
9. Do enforcement agencies in your jurisdiction use non-prosecution agreements ("NPA") or deferred prosecution agreements ("DPA")? If so, how do such agreements work in practice and what can entities or individuals do to reach an NPA or a DPA with enforcement agencies? If not, do you believe it is likely that such agreements will become part of the legal framework in the next five years.
NPAs are not used in our legal system.  However, there is an agreement on the recognition of guilt and an agreement of settlement with victims of crime on penalties and sentences.  In our legal system, there is a practice of deferral of punishment with a trial period without concluding the convicted person in custody, which is very similar to the methods of mediation in the UK and the US.
In my opinion, mediation and similar tools must become instruments that will allow an agreement to be reached with the accused and expands the tools to achieve such agreements by the prosecutor's office and will contribute to the investigation being reasonable and finding ways to return the assets and the payment of the damage.
In these difficult conditions we try to work and claim, in practice, the establishment of the rule of law and justice.

четверг, 8 сентября 2016 г.

Explaining Worldwide Freezing Orders issued by English Court

The Worldwide Freezing Order (“WFO”), formerly known as a “Mareva Injunction”, has become an increasingly common feature of international trade disputes. In this article we examine some frequently asked questions about this useful tool, as we regularly advise clients on WFOs and on the committal proceedings which can result from disobeying one.

What is a Worldwide Freezing Order?

A WFO is an interim injunction restraining a party (“Respondent”) from removing his assets from England and Wales or disposing of, dealing with or diminishing the value of assets located outside England and Wales up to a specified value.

A WFO usually requires the Respondent to disclose in the form of an a davit details of his worldwide assets above a specified minimum value.

In what circumstances can a WFO be made?

A WFO is an equitable remedy which the English court can order where considers it just and convenient to do so, and where there is a real risk that the Respondent will dissipate his assets such that a future judgment or arbitration award may go unsatisfied. The applicant must have an under- lying cause of action in relation to which he has a “good arguable case”. He will also have a duty of “full and frank disclosure” which requires him to disclose all material matters relevant to the case, including matters which are unfavourable to him, such as potential defences the Respondent might raise. Further, an applicant will have to give an undertaking to pay any damages that the respondent may su er due to the imposition of the WFO, if it later transpires that it should not have been granted. The court will o en require the applicant to fortify his undertaking by the payment of a sum into court or into his solicitor’s client account to be held to the order of the court.

Why should a WFO be taken seriously?

If an individual or a company that is subject to a WFO fails to comply with its terms, the individual, or in the case of a company, its directors, may be subject to committal proceedings for contempt of court and may be imprisoned, ned or have his/her assets seized. The WFO will be slapped with a Penal Notice to this effect. Importantly, a WFO may apply to individuals or directors of companies regardless of whether they are present or resident in England and Wales.

I don’t live in the United Kingdom. Can a WFO be enforced against me in the country of my residence? 

A WFO will be effective against a person in an overseas ju- risdiction if:

(a) He/she is the Respondent to the WFO or, in the case of a Respondent company, its director or agent appointed by power of attorney;

(b) In the case of a third party, he is subject to the jurisdiction of the English court, has been given written notice of the order at his residence or place of business within the jurisdiction and is able to prevent acts or omissions outside the jurisdiction of the court which constitute or assist in a breach of the WFO; 

(c) It has been declared enforceable (or is enforced) by a local court in that country. There are various jurisdictions around the world which will recognise and enforce English court orders, including WFOs.

If a foreign resident is found to be in contempt for breaching the terms of a WFO and is committed to imprisonment by an English Court, then this individual may be arrested upon entering the United Kingdom. It is, therefore, never prudent to ignore a WFO merely by reason of foreign residence.

How does a WFO apply to third parties?

A party that has obtained a WFO will normally notify any third parties who might have dealings with assets belonging to the Respondent. Such third parties commonly include banks, trustees, creditors, customers or any other persons associated with the Respondent or believed to have custody or control of any portion of the Respondent’s assets. Any third party who knows of the Order must not do anything which helps or permits a breach of its terms, otherwise they might be held to be in contempt of court too.

What should I do upon receipt of a WFO?

A WFO takes effect immediately upon a person being served with or having notice of it. It may include onerous disclosure obligations such as the provision of detailed financial information within a short period of time, normally just a few days. As soon as you receive a WFO you should immediately seek urgent legal advice on how to conduct yourself in relation to the Order. There might also be grounds to apply to set aside or vary the Order.

What does the WFO say about a Respondent’s living expenses and business?

The WFO will normally contain exceptions for ordinary living expenses, reasonable legal expenses and dealings with or disposals of assets in the ordinary and proper course of business. The Respondent will normally be required to notify the Applicant’s solicitors before spending any money or dealing with any assets.

What assets do I have to disclose?

The normal form of a WFO gives a broad definition of a Respondent’s assets. It includes any assets which the Respondent has the power, directly or indirectly, to dispose of or deal with as if it is his own, whether owned solely or jointly, and whether the Respondent is interested in the assets legally beneficially or otherwise. This would include a beneficial interest in assets held by a trust for example.

What happens next?

On the basis that a WFO is usually made without notice to the Respondent, the next procedural step is usually a hearing known as the “Return Date”, at which the court will decide whether to continue the WFO until trial or further order. The Return Date is usually 14 days a er the injunction is granted, although it can be agreed between the parties to be another date. The Respondent will have the opportunity to respond to the evidence led by the applicant in support of the granting of the WFO.
Can a WFO be set aside? 

Respondents to a WFO should consider promptly whether there are grounds for applying to vary or set aside a WFO. These o en include that the requirements for the granting of the WFO were not met without application of notice, such as the Applicant failing to disclose relevant material in breach of the duty of full and frank disclosure, or the Applicant having no realistic prospect of success on the merits of the claim. Alternatively a Respondent may at any time cause a WFO to cease to have effect by paying security into court of the amount specified in the Order.

вторник, 14 июня 2016 г.

Assets Tracing and Enforcement of a Foreign Judgment

The success of any litigation and arbitration case depends mostly on the capability of the plaintiff to trace and locate sufficient assets of the defendant’s debtor to block and freeze the same as security for the satisfaction of any court decision or arbitral award to be issued in the main court or arbitral proceedings. The legal teams of BOGATYR & PARTNERS and SOTERIS PITTAS & Co LLC use the services of their corporate investigators and forensic specialists to trace and identify hidden assets around the world.

On the Recognition and enforcement of a foreign Judgment

A judgment that has become final is enforceable throughout the country where it has been issued.
But to enforce it in another country, a special procedure is employed that includes the recognition of this foreign judgment by virtue of a relevant order by a competent court of the country where such enforcement is requested. Apart from judgments of foreign courts, foreign arbitral awards may also be enforced.
For a foreign judgment or arbitral award to be recognized and enforced in Ukraine, the appropriate application needs to be led. Courts consider applications for recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments on the basis of international treaties on mutual legal assistance or on the principle of reciprocity.
Pursuant to Clause 1, Article 390 of the Civil Procedural Code of Ukraine (CPC), an enforceable foreign judgment is recognized in Ukraine if its recognition is warranted by international treaties ratified by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, or on the principle of reciprocity.
Pursuant to Part 2, Article 390 of the CPC of Ukraine, if the recognition and enforcement of a foreign judgment depends on the principle of reciprocity, this principle is deemed active, unless proven otherwise. In addition, the principle of reciprocity (ad hoc) is also applicable on the grounds that the judgments of Ukrainian courts are recognized and enforced in another country.
If such reciprocity is questioned, an answer should be sought from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. Ukraine is a party to a number of international treaties that govern international arbitration tribunals, allowing foreign trade disputes to be resolved through arbitration. A good example is the UN Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards of 10 June 1958 (the New York Convention), which came into force for Ukraine on 8 January 1961. This Convention was adopted with reservations regarding its application, meaning that Ukraine applies the Convention to recognize and enforce judgments issued in another signatory state.
Pursuant to Clause 12 of Resolution No. 12 of the Plenary Meeting of the Supreme Court of Ukraine On the Court Practice of Considering Motions for Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments and Arbitral Awards and Cancellation of International Commercial Arbitral Awards in Ukraine of 24 December 1999, courts consider motions for recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments within the scope delimited by it and may not judge such judicial decisions on merits or amend them.
In ling a motion, the issue of confirmation of the movant’s powers deserves special notice. The Shevchenkivskyi District Court of Kiev dismissed without prejudice a motion led by a representative of Italy-Ukraine Gas s.p.a. in Case No. 761/38433/15-Ц and seeking recognition of the award issued by the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, of 19 December 2012, in Arbitration Case No. V007/2008 based on the claim lodged by Italy-Ukraine Gas s.p.a. against NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine on the grounds that the Italian notary only verified the authenticity of the principal’s signature, not his powers. The Court also noted that the case materials included only the certificate of registration of Italy-Ukraine Gas s.p.a. and the translation of its content evidenced that the principal was the chairman of the board of directors in the company. However, according to the said extract, the company’s interests should be represented by the chairman of the administrative council rather than the chairman of the board of directors. Additionally, as stated in the “Officials” section of the said certificate, the principal is a board member and concurrently chairman of the board of directors, incumbent until the approval of the financial statements of 31 December 2013. Nonetheless, the court had not received any evidence that he was such an of cial when the case was heard. In another Case, No. 1511/2458/2012, the Illichivsk City Court of Odessa Region, in considering a motion for recognition of several arbitral awards of the Federation of Oils, Seeds and Fats Associations (FOSFA), found that some of the awards issued by the FOSFA were annulled by the High Court of Justice of England citing the lack of jurisdiction of the arbitration body. This, however, was no obstacle to granting permission for enforcing these awards. The Illichivsk City Court of Odessa Region explained its judgment by the fact that the principle of reciprocity was not present in the given case, which fact served as grounds for its rejection to recognize the judgment of the High Court of Justice of England.
Given that the procedural rules of the countries signatories of the New York Convention differ, the procedure for recognizing a foreign judgment is different in practice.
Ukraine is not a European Union member, therefore its mechanism of recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments does not include elements of EU legislation. Court judgments issued in states that are not EU members are recognized and enforced in accordance with Law No. 121(1)/2000.
Cyprus is a party to various bilateral agreements on the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments with countries like Ukraine, China, Belarus, Georgia, Egypt, Russia, etc. Also, Cyprus is a member of various multilateral conventions relating to the same. The types of enforceable judgments and orders are usually set out in those agreements. Ukraine and Cyprus are in the Agreement on Legal Assistance in Civil Matters under which the following judgments issued on the territory of the other Contracting Party are recognized and enforced:
a) judgments in civil cases, including family cases;
b) judgments in criminal cases in the part related to damages.
Regarding the procedure for the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments in Ukraine, it can be is possible to conclude that if a court Ukraine is not trying a case based on a dispute between the same parties, regarding the same subject matter, and on the same grounds; the established deadline for submitting a foreign judgment for recognition in Ukraine is not exceeded; a motion seeking cancellation of a given arbitral award is not allowed; the subject of the dispute is referable to courts under the laws of Ukraine; the recognition of the said judgment does not threaten the interests of Ukraine; and there is no relevant agreement with the country where the judgment was issued, such a foreign judgment may be enforced in Ukraine following the principle of reciprocity.

Discovery Orders
Cyprus has become an international business center thanks to the existence of a wide network of double taxation treaties, common law legal system, the secure financial and political environment, etc, and to date more than 250,000 Cypriot companies have been established, the majority of which hold and own valuable assets in, inter alia, Russia and Ukraine.
Due to the above, Cyprus is a unique forum for the freezing of assets which are indirectly or beneficially owned by persons residing in CIS countries and, more specifically, Russia and Ukraine.
The adoption of the common law legal system empowers Cypriot courts to issue so-called “Chabra freezing injunctions” (i.e. which are injunctions blocking assets, prima facie beneficially owned by the debtor/ defendant, but are held and legally registered in the name of a third person).
In addition, Cyprus courts are empowered to grant discovery orders (i.e. Norwich pharmacal type, Bankers Trust type, etc.) in order to assist a claimant to plead his case, to prove his case, to identify other wrongdoers and to trace the assets of a defendant. Such discovery orders can be applied in the context of substantive civil proceedings pending before Cyprus courts, or in the context of special discovery actions for the purpose of obtaining information and evidence to be used in pending proceedings in Cyprus or abroad, or proceedings to be led in Cyprus or abroad (i.e. both court and arbitral proceedings).
The discovery action can be led against service providers who administer the Cypriot or overseas companies by providing nominee and trustee services, or against local banks in which the relevant companies keep bank accounts.
In the context of such discovery actions, applicants may request the court to issue an ex parte gagging order, blocking the discovery defendant from alerting his clients or any other person about the pending proceedings.
Through the use of the mechanism of discovery orders, a claimant (i.e. victim of a wrongdoing, a creditor, etc.) may be able to build his case by collecting evidence to plead and prove his claim and to secure his claim by tracing the defendant’s assets.

The legal teams of BOGATYR & PARTNERS and SOTERIS PITTAS & Co LLC have huge experience in carrying out forensic investigations and in handling discovery actions, for the tracing of assets of debtors or wrongdoers and collection of valuable evidence needed for the successful outcome of a court and arbitration case.

В.Богатырь, управляющий партнер АО «Богатырь и партнеры»: Я всецело поддерживаю возможность для адвокатов занимать должность судьи

Принятый парламентом закон «О судоустройстве и статусе судей» активно обсуждается уже вторую неделю. И стоит отметить, что пищи для размышлений хватает. «Юридическая практика» продолжает узнавать у практикующих юристов, как они смотрят на новые профессиональные возможности – должность судьи Высшего суда. Заслуженный юрист Украины, адвокат Владимир Богатырь, к.ю.н., управляющий партнер АО «Богатырь и партнеры» так прокомментировал открывшиеся для адвокатов перспективы:
«Я всецело поддерживаю возможность для адвокатов занимать должность судьи. По моему мнению, было бы удачным назначение на должность судьи профессионалов, которые принимают участие в судебных процессах в течение определенного периода, например, период 5-7 лет работы в качестве адвоката или прокурора. Это могло бы повысить уровень взаимного уважения участников в процессе, т.к. лица, которые станут судьями после работы адвокатами или прокурорами, смогут понимать все проблемы своих бывших коллег и смогут более адекватно отвечать на процессуальные вызовы, которые нам готовит тот или иной этап судебного процесса или законодательные новшества.
Хорошим примером является привлечение адвокатов в органы законодательной и исполнительной власти – практически во всех органах сегодня мы видим адвокатов. Кроме этого, Высшую квалификационную комиссию судей возглавляет адвокат, в Высшем совете юстиции есть адвокаты. Адвокаты, по моему мнению, одни из самых достойных представителей в органах законодательной и исполнительной власти. Несмотря на то, что дискуссия вокруг предложений от бывших представителей адвокатуры может быть, однако, они повышают уровень дискуссии до профессиональной. И меня, как гражданина, как адвоката, как человека, который задействован в практической юриспруденции, это очень радует.
Думаю, что какая-то часть адвокатов воспользуется возможностью перейти на должность судьи. Конечно, работа судьи – это не свободная профессия адвоката, она отличается и требует большей усидчивости, возможно, большей бюрократии. Не думаю, что все успешные адвокаты будут стремительно переходить в судебную власть. Полагаю, мы увидим адвокатов, которые воспользуются этой возможностью – кому-то это будет престижно, адвокаты старшего возраста смогут реализовываться в менее активном образе жизни (меньше командировок и поездок между различными госорганами). Это будет увеличивать естественный возраст судейского корпуса и придавать судебному процессу надлежащий шарм и степенность».

В.Богатырь, управляющий партнер АО «Богатырь и партнеры»: Я всецело поддерживаю возможность для адвокатов занимать должность судьи

пятница, 27 мая 2016 г.

Ваше ставлення до виведення помічників суддів із-під дії Закону України «Про державну службу»?

— На мою думку, ініціатори подібного виведення розпочали процес реформування судової системи одночасно з системою державної служби, що створює певну колізію.

Я вважаю, що помічники суддів є найкращими кадрами для формування суддівського корпусу і саме вони в подальшому можуть претендувати на зайняття посади суддів. Тому подібний крок фактично погіршує захист і гарантії діяльності помічників суддів, зменшує рівень зацікавленості. Це може призвести до пошуку такими працівниками нової сфери для їх професійного зростання, і, як мені відомо, такі факти вже мають місце.

Таким чином, за умов, коли посада судді для кандидатів стає все менш привабливою, — цей крок є передчасним.
Вважаю, що на сьогодні державна політика у сфері реформування суддівської і правоохоронної діяльності зазнала повного краху, оскільки це не дає жодних позитивних змін. 

Володимир Богатир
Керуючий партнер 
АО «Богатир та Партнери»

Для Судового Вісника

№ 5 (121) від 26 травня 2016 року

вторник, 24 мая 2016 г.

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